hello and a very good morning from singapore — i'm babita sharma. it's sam on monday the 11th ofjune. ee‘re counting down to what's billed as a truly historic summit. and i'm rico hizon. all eyes are on this tiny city—state, where president trump and kimjong—un are set to meet face to face — an event that could change the world. welcome to our special coverage here on newsday. the key players are now in place: donald trump touched down in singapore, saying he felt "very good" about the talks. kim jong—un arrived before him. north korea says the summit will discuss de—nuclearisation and a permanent and durable peace. with the world's media watching their every move, the question is, can the two sides find enough common ground to reach a deal? in other news —
from smiles at the g7 summit to a war of words. the us accuses canada of bad faith and back—stabbing. welcome to singapore for a special edition of newsday on the eve of the historic summit between us president, donald trump, and the leader of north korea, kim jong—un. both men are already here, preparing for the big day on tuesday. it will be the first time a sitting us president will meet a north korean leader. the white house hopes the meeting will begin a process that will lead to pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons. kimjong—un, for his part, wants security guarantees, respect on the global stage and an end to international sanctions in order to build the economy. north korean state media is now reporting that the two leaders will discuss a way of creating permanent and durable peace, and de—nuclearization, on the korean peninsula. our correspondent, laura bicker has the latest. the waiting is over.
the hard work starts now. donald trump has arrived in singapore to try to do a deal that has eluded past us presidents. he hopes his unconventional political style will persuade kimjong—un to disarm. i think within the first minute, i'll know. reporter: how? just my touch, my feel, that's what i do. the north korean leader doesn't look like he's feeling his way. considering this is his debut on the world's diplomatic stage, he looked calm and relaxed as he discussed his hopes for peace with the singaporean prime minister. he's taking no chances with security. his hand—picked bodyguards
have flown with him, along with his bullet—proof limousine. thousands took the chance to catch a rare glimpse of this usually reclusive leader. if mr kim is trying to transition from nuclear armed dictator to global statesman, this summit is offering him the perfect platform. at this church in singapore, south koreans pray for the possibilities this may offer. and tears for the years of war the peninsula endured. some have criticised south koreans for being overly optimistic about this meeting. but after a year of brinkmanship, most see the summit itself as progress. translation: there's a korean saying that the first spoonful of food will not make you full. i know the summit will be the first step to much bigger changes,
so even if the results aren't significant, i'll be thankful. while every detail is being dealt with on the island where they'll meet, no—one is really sure whether they'll be in this secluded spot for two minutes, two hours, or even two days. the hopes of nearly 70 million korean people lie here. it's their best chance of peace in decades, and it's fallen to an unpredictable us president and an untested north korean leader. perhaps the calm waters of this luxury resort will compel them to take tentative steps towards a deal. but rarely has there been a summit with higher steaks and greater uncertainty over its outcome. laura bicker, bbc news, singapore. with me is professor robert kelly from pusan national university
of south korea. not much has been set from either camp now. singapore playing host to the singapore talks tomorrow. it is about 29 degrees here this morning. hot, humid and very sweaty. it doesn't take away from how we are spending, the skyline is looking. we are joined spending, the skyline is looking. we arejoined here in the spending, the skyline is looking. we are joined here in the financial area. the meeting place with the ship above, often referred to as no‘s arco tell. —— noah's ark hotel.
just the other side, victoria theatre and concert hall. pretty cloudy and overcast but of course, the conversation is turning to what will happen here or on the island next to where we are. professor robert kelly joins next to where we are. professor robert kellyjoins me. next to where we are. professor robert kellyjoins melj next to where we are. professor robert kelly joins me. i am hot in this suit. i wanted to talk you through a couple of the information things we are getting. this comes from barbara plett—usher, our correspondence in dc. notifying them that kim jong—un is some team in singapore at the newsagency is reporting that he will be exchanging views with the us on establishing new relations, building a permanent peacekeeping mechanism and realising it denuclearisation. what is your reading of that? we want the north
korean population to have some sense that nuclear weapons are up for debate and discussion. north korea has hyped nuclear weapons in the last few years. they wrote them into the comms —— constitution and have written them into their speeches and now they are considering denuclearisation and it is surprising the regime would put that out there. it is a sign they are maybe serious about this. it is good. they need to make sure this works at home, too. they are laying the groundwork. has put the rhetoric aside. we are not getting much substance. we have been here before, many times, in north korea. you describe it as a gangster state so how real are we about this real term we are hearing, world peace? even if we are hearing, world peace? even if we get some kind of deal, verification will be a problem. we know that north korea has engaged in mafia style behaviour in the past
and it raises credibility and trust problem. even if the north koreans give up some weapons, they will probably not give us everything like the president has been saying, but evenif the president has been saying, but even if they give us anything, that means foreigners at running around the nuclear sites and i wonder if the nuclear sites and i wonder if the north koreans are going to give us the north koreans are going to give us that. are they ready to actually have that? they have resisted it in the past. verification will be a huge hurdle in the future. you wrote a tweet and it has had 20,000 likes and re— tweets. this is about a rumour we are getting that the two leaders may meet, just those two, before the official talks get under way. you have got wind of that. i'm a bit concerned because president don't need alone. we want to make sure there is a record. also, the issues are complete. the president has more or less admitted that he hasn't prepared and it's all about attitude and no preparation. it kind of means he is going into it, almost
winning it and they think there is anxiety about what he might say and what he might give away. but he know theissues what he might give away. but he know the issues well enough to bargain on this? a ticket would be more comforting if staff was involved. bad idea, ithink comforting if staff was involved. bad idea, i think you said. comforting if staff was involved. bad idea, i think you saidlj comforting if staff was involved. bad idea, i think you said. i did. for now, thank you very much, professor robert kelly. the two leaders in their hotels as far as we know this all. not that far as we know this all. not that far apart. that's right, babita. you have donald trump at the shangri—la and kimjong—un at have donald trump at the shangri—la and kim jong—un at the state regents hotel. and joining us now is mariko oi. we are now at the either of the summit. what is on the agenda? —— we
are now on the eve of the summit. they will be meeting in a few hours time. possibly to come up with an agreement that they can present the leaders tomorrow. as for the two leaders, we don't really know what they are doing. today. the summit is not till tomorrow. let me clarify where i am. you can see the shangri—la logo behind me. president trump is over they are in the valley wing where the presidential suite is. we were there early but we got kicked off because the police officer actually said that because we don't know what time president trump will be making a move. this is where ordinary guests are staying. we think that the shangri—la hotel was chosen because of its experiences in accommodating global leaders including two former us president, george w bush and barack 0bama. this is also where many other historic summits have taken place including a meeting between the
chinese president xijinping and including a meeting between the chinese president xi jinping and the then taiwanese leader. all the different ministers from the region also gathered here for the summit known as the shangri—la dialogue. the hotel definitely knows how to handle security and how to accommodate the vip guests. thank you for the update, mariko 0i, outside the shangri—la hotel. let's get some other news now. as president trump made his way to singapore from the g7 summit in canada, he rejected the closing joint statement all the heads of government had just agreed. it sparked huge criticism from his european allies. but president trump's advisers defended him — saying the us had been stabbed in the back following comments by the canadian prime minister on trade tariffs. here's our north america correspondent chris buckler. we had a great time in canada, it's a great country. i'm now going to singapore and i'll see you there. thank you. president trump tried to sound positive as he left quebec for a second summit, having signed up to a finaljoint communique. a face—saving agreement
after what was in reality a bad—tempered meeting. inside, there had been no hiding the divides between america and the other g7 nations over its imposition of steep tariffs. as canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around. donald trump responded to those remarks from onboard air force one, with tweets that withdrew america from the agreement, and attacked justin trudeau, who he said had acted so meek and mild during the g7 meetings. in fact, he said, he was dishonest and weak. he really kind of stabbed us in the back. and in a series of interviews white house advisers made clear in no uncertain terms that daggers have been drawn. there is a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donaldj trump, and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door, and that's what bad faith
justin trudeau did with that stunt press conference. america has argued that tariffs on imported steel and aluminium are needed to protect its national security, but that seems to be at the expense of age—old relationships. the national security pretext is absurd and frankly insulting to canadians. the closest and strongest ally the us has had. america's old allies have been united in sending a message to the white house. after the difficult diplomacy in quebec, there is an open frustration with president trump, particularly after his late withdrawal from that supposedly agreed g7 statement. even his old friend the french president emmanuel macron has been fiercely critical. in a statement he said that international cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throw away remarks. the images that emerged from this g7 told their own story. president trump out of step
with the other leaders, and in his quest to put america first, it increasingly looks like america sits alone. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. also making news today. a fire in warehouses storing iraqi election ballots for a recount, has been brought under control. iraq's interior ministry says most ballot boxes are safe. the outgoing parliamentary speaker — who lost his seat — said the fire was deliberate and demanded an election re—run. last week, parliament ordered a recount over electoral fraud claims. ethiopia's prime minister has promised water supplies to egypt will not be disrupted by a massive dam ethiopia is building on the river nile. egypt's president abdul fattah al—sisi said he was close to resolving differences with ethiopia's abiy ahmed. the meetings in cairo suggest the long delayed hydro—electric project — africa's largest — could soon be completed. and protestors in spain's basque
country have formed a 2,000km human chain to call for a vote on greater autonomy for the region. tens of thousands of people joined hands in a line linking the cities of san sebastian and bilbao with the seat of the basque parliament in the region's capital vitoria. you're watching a special edition of newsday on the bbc. still to come, what does north korea want from the summit here in singapore and what's it prepared to give in return? we'll take a cool hard look at what might be on the table when president trump meets kim jong—un on tuesday. the day the british liberated
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it's pretty neat. feels marvellous, really. welcome back to a special edition of newsday. we're looking ahead to the historic summit between us president donald trump and north korean leader kimjong—un. with just over 2a hours to go, north korean state media says the two will discuss denuclearisation and a permanent and durable peace. just months ago, the two leaders were trading insults. david kang is the director of the korean studies institute at the university of southern california. he joins us now from los angeles. david, thank you forjoining us. both leaders have been quite upbeat
on the eve of the summit, but in your view, what could go wrong? what are the risks? well, the risks on both sides are that they somehow don't hit it off and they start exchanging sand we are back to where we we re exchanging sand we are back to where we were six months ago. —— exchanging a threats and we are. so it is high stakes, but both sides are confident about where they want to go. and according to donald trump, before flying over to singapore, he will be able to size up singapore, he will be able to size up kimjong—un the singapore, he will be able to size up kim jong—un the first time he meets him, and in the first minute of their meeting, if he indeed is sincere and serious about denuclearisation and other issues that will be discussed during their meeting? yeah, you know, this is going to be much more a photo up get to know you session, and i think in many ways, if trump and kim get
along, that will be good for everybody and that in itself would bea everybody and that in itself would be a nice outcome, a very low stakes and the result outcome. —— low result outcome. what do you think the best scenario outcome of the summit is? again, i think in some ways, with trump lowering expectations and with kim jong—un being very vague about what he is willing to give, and outcome in which both leaders somehow like each other and make vague promises about denuclearisation and vague promises about a peace treaty, will set the tone for years or months of actual negotiations. i think that would be a very good outcome. so this could need, as you say, just an expensive photo opportunity between these two leaders here in singapore? and yet, don't forget that six months ago, if isaid to don't forget that six months ago, if i said to you that a north korean
leader would the showing how charismatic ears and zooming around and meeting people and putting a volu nta ry and meeting people and putting a voluntary moratorium on missile test, people would have said there was no way. no matter what happens at this summit, north korea is in many ways being transformed. i don't think the narrative about a crazy, reclusive leader can hold any more. north korea is now different in our minds and that is important and it is important for how they will be perceived at home as well. so this isa perceived at home as well. so this is a real change for kim jong—un no matter what happens. durable peace has been mentioned by the north korean media, denuclearisation. what about human rights? is this going to be on the agenda as well? almost for sure not. i think many of those issues are incredibly important. but trump has made it very clear that while he might raise japan's concern about the ab duct bes, it strikes me
that it would be passing at most. —— japan's concern about the abductees. north korea is concerned about a peace treaty and the united states is concerned about nuclear missiles. i think they will stick to those topics. david, thank you so much for joining us newsday. now it seems that there is still a mixed reaction on the outcome of the summit between kim jong—un on the outcome of the summit between kimjong—un and on the outcome of the summit between kim jong—un and donald trump tomorrow? yeah, it is really difficult at this stage to have any reaction, because we really don't know what the two leaders are going to be discussing. i mean, donald trump has alluded to the fact he will know within a minute whether or not he likes the leader and it will be progressive talks. but we don't whether there will be any substance to the fact of denuclearisation. and also a peace treaty or some kind of dialogue. paving the way, if you like, to some kind of relations between the two. bearing in mind that this is historic in the sense that this is historic in the sense that it that this is historic in the sense thatitis that this is historic in the sense
that it is the first time that a sitting united states president is sitting united states president is sitting with a north korean leader. we just want to talk you through what is happening here today. we understand the delegation of north korea's leader, kim jong—un, understand the delegation of north korea's leader, kimjong—un, will be meeting with donald trump's team. with me as professor robert kelly romsey pusan national university of south korea. so today some kind of conversation is happening between the two teams, but not the men themselves? this is probably about logistics. when the symbolism is important, the flags, the iconography, who sits where, who sits closest to the exit, there has been lots of discussion about that kind of stuff. probably too much, i would say. but they will have to be a discussion about what the substance of this will be. if this turns out to be a bunch of photo ops i think there will be a lot of criticism in the west for trump merely appearing. so i think they will be discussing what the subject of the negotiations will be, if it is not just of the negotiations will be, if it is notjust complete the nuclearisation. i know that you can't read the mind of donald trump,
if you could you would probably be a multimillionaire. but do you think he will suddenly be happy that he is here, being the first sitting us president to make history and have a conversation, and the rest is semantics? digg it the president his credit, as david kang said, he is basically right. —— to give the president. if you can get some kind of working relationship here and now between the two of them, and then we have more meetings in the future, maybe this opens the door and gets the ball rolling. there is an argument that we need to break through and have some kind of big moment that gets this thing rolling. iam moment that gets this thing rolling. i am synthetic to that argument. my only particular concern is that old trump said he is preparing. so who knows what you are going to get? but maybe that is not a bad principle given that things have stagnated in the past. will a deal be done? it will probably be something symbolic. if there is any kind of movement it will be mine. my guess would be that we would get a declaration of principles like we got at the korean
summitafew principles like we got at the korean summit a few months ago, like how we are look working towards peace. this has been so thrown together. a few weeks ago we thought it wasn't going to happen. my guess is that that is not enough time to get into the substance of it, about them giving stuff up. we have been following this for the past few months if not longer, we didn't know this summit was going to be under way under whole world has been reacting to it. that's right. and of course south koreans are also watching this summit are very closely. i wanted to ask professor kelly, you live and work in south korea, what is the sentiment of most of the korean people, and how they will benefit from this? yeah, i think there is a lot of optimism in south korea about this. there is lots of hope that this. there is lots of hope that this is leading to some kind of breakthrough, particularly because the two korean leaders have met, moonjae—in net the two korean leaders have met, moon jae—in net kim jong—un the two korean leaders have met, moonjae—in net kim jong—un a the two korean leaders have met, moonjae—in net kimjong—un a couple of months ago. —— met. i think south
koreans were also under that by president trump's language about fire and fury last year. so there is a consensus that has built up behind president moon to keep pushing this through. for now, professor robert kelly, doctor robert kelly, we have to work out which one you prefer most. bob is fine. thank you so much. you will be with us throughout the day. and as we lead in, counting down to the summit, thank you so much for that. rico, we really have the sense now that the clock is ticking. nine o'clock in the morning is when the official summit gets under way. we will have more details and competency of coverage for you every step of the way here on bbc world news. and thank you so much for joining world news. and thank you so much forjoining us for this special coverage newsday. i am rico hizon, together with babita sharma. we will see you again soon together with babita sharma. we will see you again soon newsday. goodbye for now. hello there.
on sunday we saw heavy thunderstorms and showers across northern england into south—east scotland, but the majority of the country was warm, dry and sunny, which led to a lovely day for many. some glorious sunday evening sunsets. we start monday morning off on a fine and dry note. we've lost the overnight showers and storms across northern areas, but we're ready to do it all again. plenty of sunny spells as those temperatures rise. that could set off a few heavy showers and thunderstorms, namely a high—grade feature. through monday morning there will be plenty of sunshine. a bit of cloud in central and eastern scotland, showers developing here but the heaviest will be over the pennines and maybe into the high ground of wales in the south—west of england. elsewhere, dry again, top temperatures 2a or 25 degrees. a bit cooler across the north—eastern coasts. we have a ridge of high pressure across the country for tuesday. a bit of a northerly breeze as well, so that will take the edge off the temperatures somewhat across the eastern side of the country. you will notice that breeze, especially close to the coast. a bit more cloud around. across the board it will feel
a bit fresher on tuesday, with some sunshine breaking out here and there. high temperatures generally in the upper teens, celsius, with a top temperature of around 20 degrees. so, we move out of tuesday into wednesday. this is where we start to see the changes. this area of low pressure is pushing into the north—west corner of the country later on in the day. for most of wednesday, another fine and dry one. some good spells of sunshine around. the odd shower may develop over the high ground, especially across wales. a dry and warm afternoon, warmer than tuesday. temperatures bouncing back up into the mid—20s celsius across central and southern areas. across western, central and southern scotland, more persistent cloud and rain pushing in, which will hurtle across the country wednesday night and into thursday. a deep area of low pressure,
something we have not seen for a long while. that leaks into the north of the uk and we're likely to see gale force winds, 50 or 60 mile an hour gusts of wind. tending to weaken as it reaches south—eastern parts of england. elsewhere, good news for gardeners and growers. in the afternoon, sunshine and showers. these will be blustery across northern areas, where it will feel fresher. we could make 20 or 21 across the south—east, given some brightness, after the rain clears. the main message for the week ahead is that we will see changes. it starts out warm and dry but turns unsettled with a spell of wet and windy weather moving through and also turning fresher for all of us. this is bbc world news, the headlines. us president donald trump and north korean leader kim jong—un are both in singapore and preparing for their historic summit. the white house says it hopes the meeting will begin a process that will lead to pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons. north korean state media says the summit will discuss a permanent and durable peace and denuclearisation on the korean peninsula.
germany's chancellor angela merkel has called president trump's abrupt withdrawal — by twitter — from an agreed g7 communique, sobering and depressing. it was the latest barb in a day of recriminations after the g7 summit in canada. iraq's prime minister says a fire in warehouses storing election ballots due to be recounted, was an attempt to harm the democratic process. it's the first indication the government thinks the fire was deliberate. and the top story here in the uk: the former conservative chancellor ken clarke has called on tory mps to "rescue" theresa may